Don't Let The Kids Win is the striking debut album from Sydney Australia native, Julia Jacklin. Recorded at New Zealand's Sitting Room studios with Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid), Don't Let The Kids Win courses with the aching current of alt-country and indie-folk, augmented by Jacklin's undeniable calling cards: her rich, distinctive voice, and her playful, observational wit.
You can hear it in opener "Pool Party," a gorgeous lilt bristling with Jacklin's tale of substance abuse by the pool; in the sparse, "Elizabeth," wrestling with both devotion and admonishment of a friend; in detailing the slow-motion banality of a relationship breakdown in the woozy "L.A Dreams"; and in her resolve to accept the passing of time on the snappy fuzz of "Coming Of Age."
The album hums with peripheral insights, minute in their moments but together proving an urge to stay curious. A masterful debut, Don't Let The Kids Win offers an intimate examination of a life still being lived.